Australia v South Africa Tips, Betting Odds & Predictions
Another exciting cricket match up sees us checking out Australia v South Africa tips and odds. What promises to be an action-packed month of top-quality cricket is only a few days old; however, we already get a feel for what lies ahead with a fascinating One Day International Series between Australia and South Africa starting on Sunday.
UK fans have a scheduled start time of 03:20 and the play from Perth’s Optus Stadium can be followed live on BT Sport. As well as the match making for entertaining viewing, those burning the midnight oil can also enjoy a bet on the outcome with bookmakers making a number of markets available.
Have your say on who will win the ODI match, picking your side and backing them with hard cash in what’s shaping up to be a competitive market. Or you could go a bit further afield and shoot for a bigger price from the specials. The options here include Top Australian Batsman; Top South African Batsman; Highest First 15 Overs; Highest First 10 Overs; Top Australian Bowler; Top South African Bowler; Highest Opening Partnership; First Ball; Man of the Match or even who will win the coin toss.
The latter is a straight 10/11 choice, obviously, and should be played at interest stakes for a bit of fun. However, if you guess correctly you could cover the expense of betting on the more serious markets. It’s a great way to get a feel for how your luck is on the day.
Bad Blood Remains
This will be the first meeting of these sides since Australia’s much-talked about tour of South Africa. That made headlines for all the wrong reasons with Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft hammered for ball tampering. It was big news at the time and continues to make headlines as the feud rumbles on in the press, ensuring the game of cricket will play second fiddle to bickering, points scoring and accusations.
It was a bold move to match these sides again on Australian soil, given the recent history and sour feeling that exists. However, as fans, we’re hoping it can be put to one side for the duration and we can enjoy some of the best players in the world showing their quality.
Despite the ball tampering issue happening way back in March, the Australian Cricket Association spoke to the media this week of their belief that all three men should have their bans lifted, allowing them to return to action as soon as possible; they accuse the punishers of being arrogant and controlling. Such harsh words certainly won’t help mend frictions between the camps.
Head of the players union, Greg Dyer, thought the men had suffered enough of a punishment for their actions and needed to be back doing what they love. It’s likely to fall on deaf ears amongst the sport’s blazers, but it was a press conference that has sent shockwaves through the sport.
Returning to Cricket
Leaving all that to one side, we aim to get back to the small matter of winning cricket matches and this will be the first of three One Day International matches and a single Twenty20 contest in what will be a carefully planned out, quick tour of Australia. We get started on Sunday 4th, with the second ODI on Friday in Adelaide, before the third and final takes place on Sunday 11th before a Hobart audience. The Twenty20 goes on the 17th in Carrara.
The hosts are favourites to get off to a winning start; however, there’s very little in it with traders preferring to see how things pan-out here. That’s great news for value hunters who rate their chances of calling the winner and bookies have set out their stall, saying we’re happy to keep out of it but our prices are competitive if you fancy having a go at solving the puzzle.
Those who side with Australia to go out and lay down an early marker should do their betting at Unibet as there they will get a market best price of 17/20. That’s the best available to you at the time of writing, all their competitors sending out less.
Prefer to come down and support the tourists as they aim to breeze through Australia, pick-up confidence-boosting wins before getting home in one piece? There’s plenty of reason to follow your opinions in the betting market and Ladbrokes make that very easy to do by offering even money on the away win. That’s good enough to back as a single and if you feel strongly enough you can lump on and look for a big pay-out.
Bigger Prices in the Specials
This is sure to be an unpredictable tour, given the background, so it’s perfectly understandable if you’d much rather avoid calling the winner of the 1st ODI and, instead, take your chances on a bigger price from the many specials markets.
If Australia are to be successful they’ll need their big game players to shine bright, especially with the bat in hand. Aaron Finch is the bookies’ pick to score most runs for his nation with 9/2 (Coral).
The main dangerman coming from the away dressing room is expected to be Quinton De Kock who is6/1 (Ladbrokes).
Who will prove to have the biggest say on the outcome when running with the ball? The Top Australia Bowler market is headed by Mitchell Starc at 7/2 (Unibet).
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